|Genres:||Pop / Rock|
|Tags:||psychedelic folk glastonbury2008 whimsical prog pop progressive rock glastonbury 2008 pop freak zone pop maestro 20s nostalgist prog folk art rock folk rock rock british|
|Decades:||1970s 1990s 2000s|
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Using a bizarre mixture of dustbin lids and rhubarb stalks as stage props, Stackridge were once acclaimed as the West Country Beatles and enjoyed a brief vogue in the early 70s. The group was formed in Bristol in 1969 as Stackridge Lemon by Jim Crun Walter (bass) and Andy Davis (Andrew Cresswell-Davis; vocals, guitar, keyboards) who recruited James Warren (guitar/vocals) and Billy Bent aka Billy Sparkle (drums) through a newspaper advertisement. Lead singer and flautist Mike Mutter Slater had been in a local folk duo. Adding violinist Mike Evans, they developed an idiosyncratic folk rock style with whimsical lyrics on songs like Dora The Female Explorer, their debut single for MCA Records in 1971.
Over the next three years, Stackridge toured throughout Europe and appeared at the 1972 Reading Festival with a troupe of St. Trinians-style dancers. Slater invented a dance craze, Do The...